CREATe Festival this Friday

Issued: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:22:00 BST

Image of the CREATe Festival logoThis Friday sees the CREATe Festival which is taking place at the Royal Society of Arts in London. CREATe has been led by the University of Glasgow and has been studying the future of creative production, in particular the relationship between law and digital innovation.

CREATe has been asking: what is the role of copyright, among alternative modes of identification, appropriation and finance? Some see copyright as salvation, some as the enemy of innovation. CREATe’s research programme has been addressing this faultline.

The event will feature policy debates and expert panels that explore the future of the creative economy, the interface of digital innovation and legal regulation, and in particular the role of copyright law. Attendees can take part in behavioural experiments, attend a workshop on fashion IP, learn more about art forgery, or interact with fellow online video creators in a meet-up. There will a hackathon video presentation as well as the launch of CREATe’s very own tartan!

The Festival has partnered with London Technology Week, a series of events taking place throughout London that celebrates and connects innovators from leading R&D centres, tech businesses, universities and specialist hubs.

Martin Kretschmer, Professor of IP Law at the University of Glasgow,and Director of CREATe, said: “The creative industries (which include very diverse sectors, such as music, publishing, news, games, film, TV and radio) face a radical challenge. All online behaviour is potentially observable, and whoever controls this data infrastructure will have a stake in the creative economy that is very different from the role of earlier cultural intermediaries.”

On the eve of the Festival, CREATe has published a legacy report titled “CREATe 2012-2016: Impact on society, industry and policy through research excellence and knowledge exchange” (edited by Kerry Patterson & Sukhpreet Singh). Access the report here:

The full schedule for the event is available on the CREATe Festival website.

CREATe is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Led by the University of Glasgow, CREATe’s consortium parters are the University of Edinburgh, Strathclyde University, University of St Andrews, University of Nottingham’s digital economy hub (Horizon), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Goldsmiths, University of London. The UK Intellectual Property Office played an advisory role in the setting up of CREATe, and the Digital Catapult (a technology accelerator) has partnered with CREATe on a number of projects. Associate projects have been conducted at Bournemouth University, the University of Cambridge, Cass Business School, Newcastle University, Queen Mary University of London and Queen’s University Belfast. This influential academic consortium is connected to some 80 creative industry partners, comprising individual creators, SMEs and major technology and content firms.

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